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how hard is it to be in college?

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Thank you comment icon Get support from people around you and from the resources on internet for example you tube might have some interesting videos on topics you are struggling with academic as well as non academic. Try to keep yourself motivated either by talking to the people who are positive or by listening to uplifting music or talk by some motivational speakers. Have little time for hobbies. Don't worry too much about your future you will figure it out. Focus on what you are doing and give your best. When you know you are doing your best you will feel satisfied. Noopur Dubey

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Karin’s Answer

Hi Mia,

Your college experience will mainly depend on you and your choices. That means choice of major, choice of college, your talent, your study habits, your time management, your focus etc. There are of course also outside conditions that make things harder than they need to be in a perfect world including money problems, roommate problems, managing your life yourself for the first time, missing your family if you go away for college, problems with the social aspects of college life etc.

Having said that, I actually found college easier than high-school. It's not that every course was easy, but the fact that I could study what I wanted (science classes) and didn't have to study things I wasn't interested in (mostly social sciences). College opened my eyes to so many topics that I didn't even know existed and I absolutely enjoyed it.

The social aspect was also easy. Most everybody was new in town and looking for friends. You'll never again meet as many new people who are open to strike up a friendship.

Good luck!

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Aisha’s Answer

Hello Mia!

College is definitely a step up from high school, but it's also a thrilling adventure! You'll find the classes a bit more demanding, the reading assignments a tad longer, and you'll get to discover new ways to study and organize your time all on your own. Remember, everyone's journey through college is unique. A lot of us, myself included, found the third year to be a bit of a challenge. That's usually when you start diving into classes that are directly related to your major. These classes can be a bit tougher than the general ones, but don't worry, you've got this!

Wishing you all the best!
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Mahi’s Answer

First semesters an adjustment. After that school load just depends on your major and professors. The hardest part is building your own community.
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Candace’s Answer

Hello! Yes it is hard. I utilized campus resources for tutors and talked to teachers for guidance. I sidnactually transfer to a smaller school initially and that helped me.

College is hard but worth it! All the best to you!
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Deborah’s Answer

Candace's answer is great, and I agree that the academics can be hard. Very different from high school unless you are in college level classes. The social aspects can be hard too. For many students, it's the first time they are living away from home, being responsible for their own independent living. I suggest you talk with your parents and work out a plan to start taking on more independent living activities if that is possible. Since I dont know your situation, I'm just making suggestions such as do your own laundry, have a night or two that you make dinner for the family (or roommates, etc, including figuring out the menu/shopping list, etc), get some support for learning how to start managing your money, etc. In other words, what areas of independent living are you weaker in, then design some way to practice, to build strength or capacity. Same thing with academics - if you need to strengthen your discipline (like studying or completing projects without someone else managing your study patterns), then start practicing. As Candace said, there are tutors available, and you can start a study group or join one someone else set up, but no one is going to manage your study habits.
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anahi’s Answer

The difficulty of college varies based on factors like the chosen major, individual learning style, and time management skills. College often demands a higher level of independence and self-discipline than high school. It can be challenging, but with effective study habits, time management, and seeking support when needed, many students successfully navigate their college experience.
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david’s Answer

The hardest part of college is not the classes, as college instructors and professors are generally always available and the courses themselves are just marginally above what you have already studied. The BIG issue is managing your personal time. Simple questions, such as when to eat, when to sleep, what to eat and when, when to study, and when to have fun. Those were simple in high school, as you probably slept at home and someone else fixed meals and cleaned clothes and your class schedules were rigid from early morning to mid-afternoon. In college, you are responsible for everything, from when to wash your clothes to defining a schedule for studying and for finding your place within the college's social framework. Once you master that, college becomes a memorable, life-changing experience. I wish you the best.
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Derek’s Answer

Mia,
College is hard and while it may feel like it is the hardest thing once you're in it, you'll soon realize it's not and it is well worth the effort. For some students, college may even be considered easy, it just depends on how academic you are and how well you can force yourself to focus at the right times and study.

If you've made it through high school and done reasonably well, you will find college is just an extension of that at another level. What you really need to have coming out of high school, is not necessarily excellent grades, but rather, an excellent study process. A process in which you know how to engage in subject material, whether it's in a text book or written on a black board, and understand how to review it, remember it, and use it effectively, in learning the material for a class. That will be an important attribute in navigating classes in college. While the material will be more difficult than what you learn in high school, depending on your high school, I know there are AP level classes for example at many high schools, that are more difficult than many of the first year college courses you may come across in college. If you've established a process for understanding difficult high school classes, this will be your blueprint for navigating difficult college courses.

The other parts of college, while challenging, are very exciting. I'm talking about those experiences of being on your own, but still having a bit of structure to navigate in, like class times, study times, scheduled eating times, games and events to participate in at the school, things like that. You'll feel homesick quite often that first year, but once you get past that, you'll realize that you are an adult starting to engage in a level of independence that really brings confidence in navigating life.

College is hard, but life is harder, and college really sets you up to navigate life successfully as well as build a long term network of friends and relationships that may open doors for employment and career that you will only experience in college. If you have the means to attend and the have done reasonably well in school, college is definitely a great next step in your life journey.
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Krishna’s Answer

College is challenging because you experience a lot of change at once. Teachers no longer baby you and you have to manage your time. You don't have the comfort of being at home with your parents. No one is making sure you go to classes. Those temptations of not doing work, skipping class, or doing things that prevent you from focusing on school are what make college hard.

If you find a good balance to focusing on school, but also having fun, college will be busy and challenging, but not impossible!

If you can go to college, i'd recommend it!
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Sasha’s Answer

College is a significant chapter in your life, a time when you truly discover yourself and mature as an individual. Just like any growth, it's not always smooth sailing in college. You'll face rigorous academics, challenging tests, late-night study sessions, and sometimes, the hardship of being away from home and loved ones. But remember, these hurdles are just temporary.

You might find the first semester a bit tough, or maybe a specific class might seem overwhelming, but none of these obstacles are permanent. You'll be amazed at how swiftly you learn from your mistakes or difficulties and tackle the next hurdle with increased confidence and understanding. College isn't as daunting as it's often portrayed in high school!

There will be countless joyful moments that will motivate you to work diligently and cherish every second of your college journey.
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